The last season ended in a disappointment for Liverpool as they finished outside European tournament’s qualifications spot. Equipped with a team not fine tuned enough to his taste, Jurgen Klopp could only take his team as far as 2 finals without any victory. The German is sure to make changes ahead of next season, and in a traditional 4-2-3-1 formation, here is how the Reds could lineup when the new season begins.
The former Mainz 05 shot stopper should easily displace Simon Mignolet next season given his superb quality. An all-round goalie who’s also good with the ball at his feet, he definitely arrived as not just an understudy to the Belgium international but a worthy replacement able to compete for the spot. It will interest us to discover who will be Klopp’s first-choice.
NATHANIEL CLYNE. JOEL MATIP. NEVEN SUBOTIC. ALBERTO MORENO
The full backs, Clyne and Moreno could most likely retain their places, though the imminent arrival of Leicester City’s Ben Chillwell and Joe Gomez’s return from injury will surely provide competition for the duo. The central defence department already have former Schalke 04 defender and Cameroon international, Joel Matip who agreed a deal in January, but who will pair him can just be given a wide guess. Mamadou Sakho’s doping case with UEFA hasn’t been resolved while Toure is no longer a Liverpool player. Skrtel won’t be breaking into the first team and is sure of an exit. Dortmund’s Subotic could arrive and Barcelona’s Vermaleen is also a target, but the former Klopp’s charge has a higher chance of making it.
EMRE CAN. MARKO GRUJIC
Can has definitely held down a permanent place in the starting 11 and will retain the defensive midfield spot ahead of Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva. New arrival, Marko Grujic should pair him as the central midfielder. The 20-year-old Red Star Belgrade ex-player put up a great performance for his side as they won the league last term and should slot into the starting 11 easily.
SADIO MANE. ROBERTO FIRMINO. PHILLIPE COUTINHO
With the signing of Mario Gotze looking less feasible as the day goes by, Southampton’s Sadio Mane has emerged as a backup option. The Senegal international will cost Liverpool £40million and should slot into the right wing upfront. Barcelona-target, Coutinho has been Liverpool’s best player for the past 2 seasons and will likely remain so next season. The Brazilian will take up his position behind the deployed number 9. To the left will be his countryman, Firmino. The winger cum striker found his rhythm despite a slow start to life at Anfield after arriving last summer. Emerging as the highest goal scorer for the club, Klopp will hope the star forward can provide more goals and assists next season as they challenge for the EPL title.
Napoli goal machine and Argentina international, Higuain has expressed his desires to play for Klopp at Liverpool. The prolific and lethal striker ended last season with 36 Serie A goals and definitely has all it takes to lead Liverpool to that EPL glory yet to come. The coach was spotted with Higuain’s agent cum brother days ago, further fueling speculations that a move was in the pipeline for the striker. If he successfully completes a move to Anfield, he will definitely lead the attack next season.